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So, is This Motorola’s “Shamu” Nexus Looking All Sorts of Massive Next to a G3?

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Umm, I don’t know if it is. Either way, the phone pictured is a massive Moto X-looking phone next to the LG G3, which is already a massive phone, and absolutely stomping all over it.

Is this the Motorola Nexus aka “Shamu” aka Nexus 6 aka Whale Wars aka Free Willy aka please-don’t-make-this-Google-it’s-too-freaking-massive? You tell us. 

Edit:  Apparently, the photo showed up in our comments and Android Police’s at some point this morning. The anonymous “Guest” claims that it is coming to Verizon. Interesting, to say the least. I still don’t know what to make of it.

  • jstntime

    I’m all about that glass
    ‘Bout that glass, no bezels

  • Ziich

    Give me a thinner nexus 5 with better battery life, a better camera, improved build quality,and a 64gb internal storage option and i will e happy. anything else on top would be a bonus

  • MicroSD? Removable battery? {{-_-}}

  • nathan carter

    Guys don’t be so reactive. This isn’t the nexus. It’s Motorolas answer to the Note series by samsung. This I will welcome, but for a nexus No. My hands are big but their not Shaquile O’Neil big. Good job Moto. Using the nexus Thunder to promote yourself. lol.

  • nathan carter

    Guys this is Motorola’s answer to Samsung’s Note line. Its not the nexus. Just wait you’ll see what I mean.

  • flosserelli

    “Shamu” indeed.

    All I have to say is it better have a huge battery too.

  • CoreRooted

    One thing that keeps coming up in the comments is that “Google would never release a Nexus phablet”. Let’s not forget that over the past year, there’s been a lot of high level Googlers leaving. For all we know, new management could have easily said “BIGGER NEXUS” and that’s why the left? Pure speculation here, but it would not surprise me in the least. Apple had to wait for Steve Jobs to die before even thinking about increasing the screen size of the iPhone. Just something to think about and keep in mind if Google does release this as a Nexus device.

    As for it coming to Verizon; again, we have no idea what backroom deals go on. New management could have struck a new deal with Verizon. Verizon could have dumped millions into Google in order to carry the device. We just don’t know.

    • AxemRed

      I’ve given up uttering the phrase “Google would never…” when it comes to their hardware offerings. They make all of their money through their ads, so they can afford to be insane with their hardware.

      • CoreRooted

        THIS ^^^ +1,000,000

  • Kyle Cordiano

    Just because the Note series is beyond popular, doesn’t mean the next Nexus phone should be a plus size like this.

  • Nikos Koufos

    Watch this just be the Phablet version of the moto x, and the nexus be something completely different

  • willl03

    Size based on official G3 dimensions and compared to Note 3

    Sounds about right for a 5.9in screen with thin bezels

    • Skittlez

      is this is accurate, it’s actually still smaller than an iPhone 6+. Incredible!

  • mule0331

    Thank god I didn’t pre-order the note 4 yet.

  • ThunderJayHawk35

    Still passing on that SONY news to you guys.. SONY is holding an event Thursday, October 9th @ 1:00-3:00 PM Est. for their mobile division(Sony Xperia z3/Z3 Compact /Z3 tablet) I’ll keep you guys updated.

    http://www.cnet.com/news/sony-to-hold-event-on-oct-9-xperia-z3-to-make-appearance/

  • DRaY

    I really would hate to own a phone that large, but if it had lets say 6000-8000mah battery and wireless charging and could last all day with intense usage. I would definitely buy this thing. Granted being a Nexus it would have no SD card support so there better be a 64gb variant. And presto, perfect phone!!!

  • Axed Salmon

    If it’s coming to Verizon then it’s not a nexus, unless hell is freezing over

  • Ronald McDonald

    mmmmmm

  • wtd2009

    the real question is when the hell is moto/google finally going to say something about when we can expect this/these?

    • Skittlez

      they didn’t say anything about last year’s release, so who know’s if they will

  • Travis Noiles

    If this is real I am going to be so disappointed! Anything over 5.2″ is a disappointment! DON’T make this google!

    • Orion

      Oh google already made it.

  • I’m starting to get the feeling Motorola has a phablet incoming and this isn’t a new Nexus. There’s no Nexus branding, it’s too huge and Verizon is certainly not getting another shot at Nexus.

  • ckeegan

    I am SO glad that the Turbo/Quark/Maxx will be an option too. This thing is ridiculous…to me.

  • ClikFire _

    Don’t worry Guys that’s Not the Nexus 6.

    Why you ask? Simple.

    1. Nexus never mimics the exact look of OEMs flagship. (This looks like a moto x 2014 blown up.)

    2. No Nexus Vibe. Every Nexus has a design unique to Nexus. While some called the New us 5 design bland I think its beautiful and unique to any other phone.

    3. Earlier leaks of Retail Store Listings tend to be more accurate I would even argue more reliable than a photo. And those listings showed a 5.2 inch display.

    4. This is the Moto S going to verizion. Something special since they never get a Nexus anymore.

    • Orion

      Sorry Nexus 6 will be 5.9. Nice try though.

      • ClikFire _

        I love it when people comment with nothing to back up their claim.

        #3 is a very strong case a lot stronger than this article are photo.

        Do you even know how nexus devices work? The very design of this is basically a blow up moto x 2014 since when has google ever done that? The nexus 5 looked nothing like the lg g2 which it was based on and neither did previous devices so I’m still waiting for you to explain?

        • Orion

          Because I know a source that actually held it. I don’t care if you want to believe it or not. Keep on wishing while the facts will soon come. I’m not saying the pic above is the actual Nexus….all I’m saying is the Nexus 6 will indeed have a 5.9 inch screen. Facts over hope. Is that good enough for you?

          • ClikFire _

            But does that person know if there are 2 versions? Unless someone went out of their way to send fake retail listings for s product to stores their is a 5.2 inch option or a Nexus 5 refresh?

          • ClikFire _

            and I am suppose to believe you why?

  • Mark Daly

    NOOOOO… Too big and i’ve got a Maxx and i think that size is ok. I think the G3 is on the limit for the size i would get and if it is the size of the leaked pics i won’t get one. Motorola make the best phones but screw up with battery sizes and screen sizes. They could have been bigger than crApple if they just think about what people actually want.

  • Chris

    I so much hope so. This is the exact phone I want.

  • DGBlair

    🙂

  • Corey Foltman

    Do they usually tape some scrap paper on the back of phones with scotch tape?

  • ApplesNAndroids

    So.. Same size as a iPhone + with a larger display..

  • John Friend

    Whatever it is… It needs to be like a padfone with keyboard dock and tablet dock that can also dual boot Windows or lapdock.

    • CoreRooted

      THIS. I have the Padfone-X (which I have a love/hate relationship with). The specs in it, while perfectly usable, could have been a lot better. I just don’t understand why the docking concept has never taken off. Poor execution by companies, I suppose… but still. I would buy a Nexus that had a tablet dock in a second.

  • Jay Ward

    I’d love a 6.5″ screen on my phone.

  • coolsilver

    I’ll take it…. XD

  • Adam Elghor

    I don’t care what any of you say, this looks amazing!

  • mcdonsco

    Couldn’t someone have just enlarged an image of the new x and shop’d it in here?

  • Carter BK

    I’m gonna say this is the Moto S and not a nexus. Google wouldn’t do just a phablet. If they do one they’ll will go about it like apple and make a smaller design as well ad a whale

  • Godzilla

    Moto maxx

  • indiana85

    I want a new Nexus phone but I don’t want an unnecessarily huge phone, there’s no need for a 6 inch phone EVER!

    • CoreRooted

      There’s a few million people that might disagree. 5.7″ is my max size for a device, but I know quite a few people that have been waiting for a 5.9″+ size QUALITY device for a long time now.

  • Rashad

    If this comes to Verizon then it will be a deal!

  • Alex

    Dat screen…

  • I’m not really having a problem with this size.

    • RicoDelicioso

      That’s what she said! BOOM! Had to say it.

  • XvierX

    My guess is that this is motorola’s response to the note 3, iPhone 6+, G3, etc. It seems to me that Motorola is trying to get into the phablet market space and grab whatever share they can. I wonder if this will do any better than htc’s failed attempt to compete.

    If you stop and take what you already know about the nexus bloodline, it is hard to believe that this fits in. I guess we’ll all know in a few weeks.

  • DJ SPY

    I have question, why are so many people talking so much crap about this phablet because it’s supposedly too big, but at the same time are super excited about the Note 4?

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Because this is bigger than the Note 4.

      • JSo

        By a whole 0.2 inches. *Gasp*

        It’s actually the same as the HTC One Max

      • DJ SPY

        The Note 4 is bigger than the G3 (pictured above). Shamu is probably a millimetre or two bigger than the Note 4 but it has a bigger screen.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Bigger is still bigger. You asked a question, I gave an answer. I think the other part of the answer lies in the fact that a lot of people in the market for a Nexus device are looking at flagship range sizes, not phablet sizes. The S4 and S5 sold more than the Note 2, or Note 3, even though the Note series sold well.

  • trixnkix637

    Pretty soon we’re going to go back to the Zack Morris cell phone days if they keep making phones any bigger.

  • shamushamwow

    🙂

    • M Brandon Lee

      Do you know if it is coming to Sprint?

      • ClikFire _

        Nexus 5 did and things went well so I imagine it will. If it doesn’t I’ll keep my Nexus 5. I’m on sprint as well and plan on switching to gsm next year hate missing out on gsm only phones.

    • DJ SPY

      I hate those on screen keys. Makes Android look like a toy.

      • JSo

        I’ve gotten used to them. And I actually like them. But they aren’t as small on my Nexus 5

      • ClikFire _

        I heard they are just placeholders. Truth is we do t even know what the final version of Android L will look like we only saw previews even the Dev preview is missing a lot.

      • aldsgn

        i digg them. it’s very design minded and reminds me of the bauhaus. everything is minimized to the simplest form possible while still being recognizable as a back arrow, a circle for home (apple made ubiquitous), and a square for apps/recents (the shape of a screen). the bauhaus was often marketed internally and externally by using a triangle circle and square.

    • ATTACK

      Moto

    • Derek Traini

      More please 🙂

    • Marcellus1

      Definitely a moto device in that pic. Adjusted the levels and you can see a Moto logo, the outline of the phone, and hand holding the phone. 🙂

      • Looks like the tipster is toast. The overexposed picture shows the unique pattern in the Motorola logo, which will lead them right to shamushamwow. That’s a shame.

        • Marcellus1

          Wow. didn’t realize that about the logo. I suspect that with a leak like this, someone investigating the leak would likely have done exactly as I did, but I still feel bad about it now. I could have doctored the overexposed pic, but the original would still be available to overexpose to get the info.

    • Guest

      Where did my post go?

    • Pootis Man

      Interesting….

    • Disco Dan

      Nice back button. LOL! What is that an Ipaq from 2000?

  • JSo

    Why are so many people mentioning Verizon? Where is that rumor?

    • Franklin Ramsey

      The person who posted this in the comment section stated that it would be coming to Verizon, hence where that rumor started.

  • I’m gaining more and more confidence in the idea that this isn’t a Nexus, but is actually just the phablet equivalent of a Moto X.

    Also, I’m praying that’s the case.

  • Tom Luley

    This is the thing though, why are people all pumped over a Nexus possibly coming to Verizon? Verizon already has essentially a Nexus with the Moto X, but its better than a Nexus. It has virtually STOCK software PLUS great features like Moto Display. If it were an actual Nexus, I feel like that is a step BACK in software. This all sounds fishy to me…cwutididthar?

    I think its just an oversized Moto X coming to the same carriers as the Moto X, probably named the Moto X Plus or something.

    • Andrew Osborn

      So I guess the question is, what do you get with it over the turbo? Can’t be specs. And moto software enhancements make vanilla android better

  • Tyler Rynberg

    Why don’t people just buy the Nexus 7 LTE, it would be much cheaper.

  • jer85008

    Maybe it’s the unannounced MOTO P(hablet)?

  • onthecouchagain

    Oh gawd, no.

  • MotoX with a properly large battery? If that’s the case, I might consider it even with its mammoth size.

  • ‘Designed by Motorola?” I don’t recall any Nexus saying that, and even if it did say something like that, wouldn’t it be “Designed by Google”? And would it really have that giant Motorola logo on the back. Almost all Nexus prototypes say “Google” on the back, as far as I know, which obviously later becomes “Nexus”. I have a feeling this 5.9″ device everyone is talking about is simply a Motorola phablet, and we will be getting a new Nexus around the same size as the N5.

  • Ted

    If it’s coming to Verizon, it is not the next Nexus. Period.

    • michael arazan

      Well being a Galaxy Nexus owner for 2 years, I’m conditioned to put up with [email protected] service from Verizon.

      Besides, phones are more advanced now and KitKat is just fine where I don’t have to hyper panic on having more features that I want cause I have them all now.

  • chrisLE

    I think this the moto maxx not Nexus.

  • Kenny Larson

    I know I’m in the minority here but this makes me very happy if true. I was very disappointed that Sony didn’t release a new version of the Z Ultra. I was planning on that update to replace my Nexus 4. Unlike most people I actually want a 6 inch phone. I hate carrying around both a tablet and a phone and would rather have just one device.

  • Why not its just as big as the Note Series by Samsung, and that’s provided that there is a market for those.

  • Eric Blackman

    Got my second gen moto x today, and it’s effing perfectly sized. That thing in the picture is insane.

  • Jeff C

    something about the picture makes my eyes hurt. almost like it’s fake. idk. anyone else?

  • brkshr

    If it’s going to Verizon, then this will be a Droid Maxx or something like that. There will not be another Nexus phone on Verizon.

    • Skittlez

      how could you even say that? VoLTE is starting, and once you have LTE only phones, which they can do on Verizon, there are not restrictions as to what they can and can’t allow on the network

      • Jason B

        Uh, they’ll restrict devices based on their “certification” process, and won’t add it into their system until it passes.

        Do I need to bring up the Nexus 7 LTE, which has no CDMA radios?

        • Skittlez

          still got on doe!

  • Arthur Dent

    Hahahaha, I laugh at all the bitter people. It’s pretty funny how angry some people seem to get over a large phone being made. As if its very existence is a personal insult and there is no choice in the market. LOL

  • JC

    Moto XL?

  • SanG

    Death to this whale!
    Gross!

  • vincent scala

    that’s close to the the size of the iphone 6 plus

  • mcdonsco

    That’s HUGE! No thanks.

  • Arthur Dent

    Please yes!

    And with a Note-stylus too? Please? SD slot would asking way too much, I am sure.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Well, with the size of it, there would be plenty of room to fit an SD slot.

  • e_droid

    THIS SUCKS. Looks like I’m holding out until 2015 for a new phone.

    • JSo

      Get the Nexus 5, unless you already have one. It’s not outdated or anything.

      • Arthur Dent

        Nexus 5 FTW

      • e_droid

        Yeah, I love the N5 but if I am going to get something new to replace my GS III I want something with the latest hardware so that it will serve me another 2+ years. (and I’m on Verizon).

        Edit: I was really hoping for the Moto X to have a little bit better options of storage / camera, I would have jumped all over that for buying a phone outright.

        • ClikFire _

          Lg g3, note 4 HTC one m8 or moto x 2014 Are great alternative. If your like me software isn’t a problem I can change that with Roms launchers or Xposed.

  • MKader17

    It’s very odd that I was looking at the Note 3 the past couple days. This this is looking good!

  • Guest

    Verizon + 5.9 screen, please come with SD card slot, I’ll cancel my Note 4 pre-order..

  • Mark

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. I LOVE NEXUS WHALES!

  • Bionlc

    And everyone doubted me when I talked about the larger Moto X coming out

  • Fredrol
  • Chris Tangredi

    Possibly Motorola making a Droid phone to compete in the Phablet market?

  • staticx57

    Motorola camera+Nexus Camera=worse than Gnex camera?

  • Defenestratus

    I’m on it like a fat kid on cake.

  • Ben

    Haha, if it’s coming to Verizon, it’s clearly not a Nexus because Verizon are haters.

  • ushneb

    WANT!!!!

  • Google

    I can confirm this was taken inside Google Plex. More to come soon :).

    • Raj Bhatt

      Why does the Googleplex have such hideous carpet?

  • Alex Kirk

    Just curious, what are the chances that there are two Nexus sizes coming out. One a Nexus X (current Moto X size) and one a Nexus 6 (Shamu) both by Motorola?

  • anonymous jimbo

    Sorry to say that is most definitely the nexus 6 and it’s awkwardly huge… It is coming to version as mentioned.

    • anonymous jimbo

      Sorry Verizon stupid autocorrect…

  • Raj Bhatt

    I highly dislike Moto’s styling, but if this is the next Nexus, I’ll buy it.

  • Cruz R

    Oh HeLL No! Lets hope its a 6in Moto X variant. And someone just slapped the Shamu label on it with tape… =/

  • Bootleg Zani

    Coming to Verizon my ass.

  • Tom S

    WHY NO FRONT PICTURE!?

  • Christopher Battista

    I remember when anything larger than a 4.3″ screen was scoffed at. Now we have this monstrosity.

  • tu3218

    Way too big. I love my G3 and at least it as extra capabilities to make use of the large screen, device. But if this just the same moto x software on a huge screen/device, no thanks. Miles well just go with the note 4 or G3 then.

  • ATTACK

    That doesn’t look like a Nexus…. Or any Nexus that I ever seen. More like a big Motorola phone. Meh…

  • interstellarmind

    The Nexus 4 was the perfect size (the rounded edges made it even more awesome). I’d take a 5.2″ or 4.95″ if it had no bezel.

    I feel my Nexus 5 is just a little beyond the “reach” of my fingers.

  • chris125

    For being 5.9″ it really isn’t that much larger than the g3.

  • Andy Stetson

    But it’ll only have a 5″ screen and all that bezel 😉

  • Terrance Steiner

    The picture just does not look quite right to me. I’m calling Photoshop. The G3 and carpet are in focus but the Moto phone just looks a little blurry.

  • Nayners

    I hope this is some wierd Verizon exclusive, not a Nexus.

  • Michael Shorey

    Thought I would go to the new nexus for my next phone. At this size there is no way that it would be practical.

  • James Briano

    It’s clearly labelled “Shamu.” Can’t argue with that.

    • James Briano

      It’s unclear why those phones are floating on oatmeal.

  • MyrtleDroid2

    I don’t care what size it is. I just want a nexus phone on Verizon again.

  • Vanquishgc

    If this somehow does make it to Verizon, I have no problem trading in my M8 for it. As much as I love my phone, I’ve been asking for a Moto Nexus for years, so I almost have to give it a shot. Yeah its huge, bigger than I’d like preferably, but I figure I’d get used to it.

  • Nic

    im going to go with it being a Moto Phablet not the next nexus. there’s no way google would let any logo be bigger then the nexus brand on the back.

    • Orion

      Whose to say its a finished product?

      • chopjob

        Very true, apparently the commenter had this a month ago… Although this is also a fairly easy photoshop job.

  • OFD

    Nexus 6 and Nexus 6 plus

  • Ana

    Looks massive and ugly to me. Nexus devices should stay with their own design language, as they have done before, not just grab some other foreign design, leave it almost exactly as it is, and stretch it just to fit a bigger screen… What’s the point in that? Might as well be a Moto X Plus/Max Google Play Edition…

  • cwillen

    If you guys want to see what it looks like in person, I’m actually one of the beta testers.

    • Robert Macri

      Go on…

    • JSo

      Your avatar fits you.

    • Derek Traini

      -___________________________________-

    • Kevin

      awww, you’re so tiny!!!

  • WCM3

    LOL at Tim getting called out on the original “comments” post..

  • hkklife

    If it comes to Verizon and has wireless charging and either a 64GB storage version or 32GB + microSD, I’m buying it immediately. If it comes to Verizon and is 32GB internal with no expandable storage or larger capacity I’ll still give it serious consideration.
    However, I don’t see this coming to VZW anytime soon. Best we’ll get, I predict , is a Droid Turbo with a screen .2″ larger than the 2014 X.

    • Robert Macri

      If it comes to Verizon I will be buying it… as long as it has a Nexus price tag.

  • Raj Bhatt

    I’ve been needing a Nexus leak so bad. Thank you Kellex.

  • Adam Crawford

    “Hopefully they make a 5.2 inch version”

    They have, it’s the Moto X (2014)

    • ronnypoo

      it’s not a 5.2 inch version if they don’t share the same internals.

    • Michael Harrison

      They already made the Moto X (2014) It’s called the Nexus 5.

    • michael arazan

      Now can I get the Moto X software into a Nexus Shamu for the best of both worlds?

  • Bruce Purvis

    I would buy this in a heart beat!

  • ReturnOfTheMack

    Remember back when everybody on Droid Life wanted a Motorola Nexus, no matter what it looked like??

    I’m still hoping there will be two sizes but as long as it’s on Verizon…I’m in.

  • Adam Crawford

    I want this. I enjoy large phones. The only thing that kept me from the Moto X +1 or the OnePlus One (besides the stupid invite system) was the possibility of a 5.9 inch phone

  • Craig

    My guess would be that this is going to be a Motorola device (Moto XL, anyone?) and not a Nexus. The prominent logo, especially, makes it look very unlike a Nexus.

  • Rodeojones000

    Please no. This bigger screen crap has to stop.

    • Orion

      Why because you said so?

    • kixofmyg0t

      Here’s a radical idea…. Don’t buy it!

      I’m already sold on it.

  • Orion

    Sorry kellen, Google already made it. I’m looking forward to this beast.

    • ClikFire _

      Nothing about this makes it even look like a Nexus. Not the Design or anything. Its most likely a Moto S Google always makes the Nexus design unique from other OEM flagships.

      • Skittlez

        since when does a Nexus device have a specific look? none of them have looked the same

        • skeetfire

          None of them have been carbon copies of the OEM flagship they’re modeled after.

  • Todd Ulmen

    Bigger the better, I am so use to big phones I don’t even consider a 5.2″ display

  • Butane87

    I don’t ever remember a Nexus device looking exactly like any oem’s flagship device just bigger. I’m thinking this is the Moto X+1.

  • TubbyMofo

    “That’s a huge bitch!”

  • Marc

    Awesome. Great size. Can’t wait!

  • Brian Mays

    I love this phone! My hands are extra large. Awesome

  • JSo

    Haven’t there been rumors of a smaller Nexus as well though. They could be making two sizes people.

  • hyperbeatser

    smh

  • Tony Byatt

    The Moto X battery also has me concerned about the battery on this beast…

    • JSo

      People always complain about Nexus batteries anyway.

      • Gerardo Sarabia

        and cameras… but they are right, except maybe with the N5, which is just fine, still nothing great.

        • Arthur Dent

          I’ve gotten some great pix with my N5 camera on 4.4.4 with the new camera app. It’s not perfect, but it’s nowhere near bad.

          • JSo

            Same here. The N5 camera is perfectly fine for what I use it for.

      • Tony Byatt

        I haven’t had an issue with my Nexus 5 battery, but a 5.9″ Nexus may be pushing it…

      • Raven

        That is because most people don’t seem to understand that Nexus phones are not intended for the masses, they are meant to be used by developers and kept tethered to a build machine so big batteries are of little use in Google’s eyes. That fact that some people want to use these phones as their daily driver is not really their intent. You could also explain a huge screen as easier to develop on at your desk with no worries about trying to actually carry the thing around with you.

        • JSo

          I think that was true when the Nexus program started. But they sell these things in stores now. I’ve seen both T-Mobile and Best Buy have them on display. So I think it’s becoming more of a consumer product than it was in the past. But honestly, the battery on the Nexus 5 is the same on some other phones. It’s not as big of a deal as people make it out to be.

    • Arthur Dent

      Dude, 2100mAh is plenty!

      • Tony Byatt

        On a 5.9″ screen? You may want to rethink that…

        • Arthur Dent

          Yeah, not serious on that.

    • Skittlez

      3200mah is the rumor. much bigger

  • M3D1T8R

    I guess this could make for a decent replacement for the Nexus 7. If it has a much better camera and a tablet-worthy battery. Two big ifs for a Moto device right now, but we should see how it plays out in the next couple weeks.

    • Adam Crawford

      Battery worthy an if? Didn’t Moto put out a handful of phones that had amazing battery when pretty much everything else at the time was terrible? (Droid Razrr Maxx HD, Droid Charge)

      • M3D1T8R

        Judging by their battery choices of late, yeah I don’t have very high expectations. New Moto X worse than old, etc.

  • TSY87

    Do nexus phones usually have manufacturer branding? honestly… if this was a larger moto-x with a bigger battery i wouldnt mind at all

    • JSo

      The Nexus 5 has a small LG logo on the back. It’s barely noticeable though thanks to the black on black

      • Chris

        The 4 had an LG logo too. More noticeable because it was silver on the black glass back, but still moderately small sized.

        • Gerardo Sarabia

          same for the galaxy nexus, both n7 and n10.

    • Tyler Durden

      Yes. Nobody would release their product unbranded.

    • staticx57

      They have had worse

      • Gr8Ray

        Hello, GNex! I’d almost forgotten what you looked like!

    • Jake

      Yes, the Galaxy Nexus had Samsung on it, and both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 had the LG logo on them.

  • JSo

    People are complaining, but when they finally actually see it they will be “OOooooo, I want.”

    • Tyler Durden

      Yep, typical with users who bash other OSs. Nothing is good unless it’s their baby daddy OEM making it.

    • wtd2009

      sorry, but no. most people don’t want a 6 inch phone (assuming this is a phone and not a tablet), regardless of who puts it out.

      • frhow

        They said the same thing when phones reached 4.7” then they said it with 5”. Me per se I love large phones. While I have a tablet I am a guy and I don’t/can’t/won’t carry a “purse” around for my tablet. I use my tablet when I am at home or traveling but everyday use I could use a 6” phone for videos web browsing and playing games among other things when I am bored.

        • wtd2009

          you are right, but at what point does that argument not work? i guess time will tell. i think that’s been the case because we can still fit the note in our pockets, this thing doesn’t look like it could do that reasonably well, but i suppose we’d need a real comparison of this thing against the note to be sure. i like larger devices as well, but i was just saying that i think that even this seems a bit too big to be as mainstream as the S5 is but what do i know haha.

      • JSo

        I think the Note 4 series and the fact that Apple made a large phone will say that people like large phones. Of course not everyone will. But then get a Nexus 5. It’s still a great phone

        • wtd2009

          yeah i guess you’re right. but still, that thing looks massive next to the g3, i’d be interested to see it next to a note for better perspective on just how big this thing is. i’d think a lot of people dont want to go larger than the note, but that’s really just my opinion since i cna’t prove that to you…

  • adbFreedom

    At least now I can buy the Moto X and not worry about regret when this comes out next month …

    • 2leg-it

      I wouldn’t trust this as legit. Nexus phones have never been the same exact design as the phone they are modeled after.

  • Sean Elliott

    Can’t this just be Moto getting into the Phablet game and not a nexus at all? Maybe they’re trying to compete with the Note and what not.

    • Vanquishgc

      Good point, we may very well have this all wrong. Even if not a Nexus, I think it’s a good addition to Motorola’s portfolio. Without counting the Turbo, they have the G and X already. A phablet to compete with the likes of the Note and G3 isn’t at all the worst thing I’ve heard. I’ve been saying to people for a while that OEMs need to offer at least one quality model at every tier. Samsung goes overboard with this mindset, but also their smaller offerings are crap, quality wise. LG is kind of getting there, but those mid tier devices aren’t available everywhere. HTC, while doing great work, only seems focused on the flagship end. Honestly Motorola seems to be the only ones concerned with diversifying their portfolio, with quality offerings up and down the scale.

      • Sean Elliott

        Yep agreed on all accounts. They’re somewhat unifying their design with the G and X, a Phablet would make sense to be similar too. It just makes more sense to me that it’s not a nexus and just a moto phone. I posted this earlier but a nexus would have its own design wouldn’t it? Not just be copy and past of the new X

        • Vanquishgc

          Eh Yeah it more than likely would have its own design language, so I agree with you there. Even if it isn’t a Nexus, does it matter? Moto’s phones have been damn close to stock for a while anyway, outside of their own add ons like active display, touchless control, etc. You know, USEFUL features, unlike the bloat Samsung throws in there. Not only that, but as the X proved, updates have come swiftly from Google. So I’m not sure having the Nexus tag means anything in this case.

          • Sean Elliott

            True, I actually love the features Moto has added. Like you said, actually useful. That’s why I would like a new X but not with a battery the same size as my N5 and that gets only slightly better time. It baffles me that they didn’t put I’m at least a 2800 battery. I’d have bought it hands down. Leather looks awesome.

          • Vanquishgc

            The battery and the default storage are what kill it for me. I’m not looking to shell out retail for a phone, so I have to go contract or Edge. Either way, I’m not getting a 32 gig model. It’s a shame because if I could go through Moto maker and get a 32 gig model with leather backing, and get it though Verizon’s Edge program, I’d probably give it a shot. If Shamu here goes to Verizon, and I can get it through Edge, I might do it, despite the size. If reports are true, and it’s going to be 32 gigs, and have a 3,000+ mAh battery, the package as a whole might make the decision for me.

          • frhow

            Exactly my thoughts. While I like the Nexus brand, Ill rather have a beefed up MOTO X with the actual cool and useful features with the latest version of a clean Android UI. In my opinion it would be actually better than a Nexus once you add in the features MOTO has in the X.

    • Marcellus1

      I agree. Word that it’s coming to Verizon and the lack of “nexus” on the back could mean this is the Moto S and not a nexus device. It would complement Moto’s lineup nicely. Sizewise, this is a bit off-putting to the current nexus customers. Also, it doesn’t make sense to me to highlight the new 64 bit OS on a 32 bit device like this is rumored to be.

      • Sean Elliott

        Agreed, it just doesn’t add up to me. Makes much more logically sense that it’s Motos Phablet.

  • Darrick Moren

    Size is ok with me. But the moto x has a 1080p screen and snap 801, and is $500. So with a bigger higher rez screen and s805, it will cost 600+. Not interested, and it won’t be a nexus. I need an off contract phone

  • Jes Marwaha

    I hope it doesn’t bend…

  • Meh Meh Meh

    Size doesn’t matter when it comes to a nexus.

  • Sean Elliott

    For the love of God this can’t be the only nexus. Give me a 5 or 5.2. Pleeeease Google. Why alienate people after such a good response to the N5

  • Moby Dick

    That’s looking all sorts of massive!

  • Obi Wan

    This is not the Nexus we’re looking for

    • Christopher Bement

      >This is not the Nexus some of us are looking for.

      FTFY.

  • Tyler Durden

    128GB version or no go.

  • TS50

    Cannot wait. Really hope they release a 64gb version.

  • AJ

    I’d have to think this is true because Phablets seem to be the trend/future. That being the case, it makes sense that a Nexus device (which is a pure developer phone) would be in that 5.5-6.0 size range.

  • Jay

    My G3 will be on Ebay immediately if this is truly the new Nexus, I love big phones! #compensation issues

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    SAW the Nokia 1520 (6incher) when I was in the At&t store this weekend…. And I was like WHO-TF would want a phone this big? it DWARFED my OnePlus which is a big asss phone by itself. . . . Well I guess we’re about to find out.

  • Tony Byatt

    Here’s to hoping for two Nexus phones this year…

    That thing is huge…

    But at least we’re getting some photo leaks finally…

  • So the legends are true…

  • sr20s13

    Looks like a Photoshop to me

  • objektiv_one

    omg it makes the G3 look like a 4.7″ phone. Damn!

  • David Hernton

    That’s huge!

  • OnlyNexus

    FUBU

    • Brent Cooper

      I had to reply. This literally made me lol! +1

    • Eddie Jr

      LMAO I think you win for the day.

    • Reginald Owens

      +1 for you sir.

    • Neil T.

      Amazing!!!!! you just broke the Internet 🙂

    • srqdude

      I’m dooonnnneee!!!

    • Dominick

      I don’t get it.

      • teevirus

        For Us By Us

        • monkeybutts

          I thought it was F**k U Buy Us

    • Israel Ramirez

      THAAAAR SHE BLOOOOOOOWS

    • [email protected]@kZ

      I’ll just leave this here…

      • Tony Byatt

        The ‘Shop is strong in this one…

        • Marcellus1

          Here’s a shop for you. In my very unscientific way, I took the image of the Moto S next to the G3 and adjusted it for skew–basically pulled out the upper parts so the phones look like they’re standing straight. I then removed the background and placed it over the top of an image of the G3 next to the iPhone 6 Plus and scaled it until the size of the G3 next to the Moto S matched the size of the G3 next to the 6+. Then, I pulled the Moto S to the side so you can see the height comparison of the Moto S next to the 6+. It looks like the Moto S is just slightly taller. What you don’t see in this image, though, is that the Moto S is significantly wider than the 6+.

          • D Jones

            Your calculations are significantly off.

          • Marcellus1

            Which calculations? I didn’t calculate anything. Just stretched the image until the G3’s were the same size so the Moto S to the 6+ sizes would be proportioned right when placed next to each other.

          • Ms Crabapple

            “I didn’t calculate anything”
            We know.

          • Jacques L

            What is that huge, ugly hunk of plastic on the back of the sleek, metallic, state-of-the-art smartphone? Is it one of those giant mophie battery cases?

          • La2da

            Lol you sound like Garth near the end of Wayne’s World when he talked about re-routing Mr. Big’s satellite feed. “…and then…” No disrespect, it made me laugh in a good way.

          • dapoktan
          • Marcellus1

            Yup. Used a pic from phonearena comparing the G3 and the 6+ as the base pic: http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/reviews/164832-image/Apple-iPhone-6-Plus-vs-LG-G3-13.jpg

          • Melissa

            That one on the left looks beautiful with that sleek metal body. Best looking Android ever! Is that the Nexus 6?

          • Drooooid

            Too obvious, troll.

          • michael arazan

            Must be one of those people who don’t know their left from their right

          • acupon
          • Zatchu

            Great Picture thank you for the example picture.

          • CommentGuy

            Great Comment thank you for the example comment

      • Arthur Dent

        LOL

      • objektiv_one
      • Kane

        I want the one with the moar scotch tape

        • michael arazan

          I’ll take the scotch tape and shamu post it for 2 years over the Verizon Logo

      • MotoRulz

        This picture is FAKE.. Look at the tape that says Shamu. It is the exact same piece of tape that is on the MOTO phone at the top of the article. This is a crappy photo shop job

        • Jeremy Wray

          :facepalm:

          I guess you failed to see the LG at the bottom of the picture too? The person just pasted the back of a Nexus5 onto the article picture so the supposed Moto Nexus actually said Nexus on the back

      • ClikFire _

        Makes me think the picture in the article is fake. Or just a blown up moto x 2014.

      • Chazz Matthews

        meaning anything can be photoshopped nowadays. Very good.

    • Miguel

      Fakeeeeee….I really hope it’s a fakeeeeeee.

  • moelsen8

    kill it with fire!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Free Willy! . . . but no…Google… just no. That Z3 compact is looking better by the second.

    • sc0rch3d

      dammit! you beat me to it!

    • matt

      How is the Sony skin? I’ve never seen one in action.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        It’s not bad. pretty minimal they try to not get in the way too much. Check out some reviews.

  • Sharkh20

    Can’t I just have a Nexus 5 with upgraded specs?

  • Why. Just why.

    • Arthur Dent

      The real question is … WHY NOT?

      • It’s too big…. and yes. That’s what she said.

        • Arthur Dent

          It’s too big for you. I think it would be great. There are other, smaller phones available too.

          • That’s incorrect. It’s larger than the Note and 6 Plus. And there is no smaller Nexus. So there is not another smaller Nexus available.

            This is a waste. Huge flop if its the only variant

          • Arthur Dent

            Nothing was incorrect about my statement. LG G3, Samsung GS5, Note 4, Moto X 2014 (which of course is nearly pure Android), etc., etc. etc. Oh, and the Nexus 5 is still available.

            Beyond all that, NOT ONCE has it ever been stated that this will be the only size available. That is an assumption.

            It is a waste to you. I am looking forward to seeing the real device and what it is capable of. I am hoping for some built-in to Android Note-esque stylus support.

          • I’m talking about Nexus phones… Let’s hope that there is another variant… Only releasing a 5.9″ Nexus makes little sense

            Shouldn’t be using a stylus on a phone, that’s just my opinion. Also should be able to use with one hand, also my opinion.

          • Arthur Dent

            In my opinion, stylus support should be an option for those that want it, and like larger devices like the Note and Shamu. It would be nice to have common stylus support baked into the OS.

          • What do you mean by stylus support? Can’t you buy a rubber stylus on ebay and use it instead of a finger?

          • Arthur Dent

            HELL NO. Not that simple capacitive stylus crap with the fat tip that is completely useless, that you can get for $1.

            I’m talking about a real stylus like the Note uses, with thin tip, pressure sensitivity, actually useful for writing, drawing, marking things up, etc. Those require software support.

          • acras

            But whos hand do you use for judging its one handed useability? There are plenty of people who cant comfortably use a 4.7″ screen one handed, even more that cant use a 5″, but those sizes sell great. If this is the only nexus, and its too big for you, then vote with your wallet, it looks like theres a fair amount of interest in it at this size, me included, that I dont think Google is going to lose anything going this big, plus remember they arent looking to dominate sales figures, this is a DEVEOPERS device and program that has just picked up steam with the community, hell they might be doing this to reduce interest in the nexus line so they arent challenging any of the other Android manufacturers

          • Skittlez

            what makes you think this is bigger than the 6+?

          • I thought 6plus is same size as note 4. this is 5.9 inches…..

          • Skittlez

            screen size is irrelevant to the size of the phone. my 5.2 G2 is the same height as the 4.7 iPhone 6. Remember the moto X is 4.7 and is waaaaaaaay smaller than the iphone 6. i’d like to say that this device will the same size as the 6 Plus.

          • It’s not irrelevent, it provides a good baseline. There’s already been a side by side. Why are you contesting it?!

          • Skittlez

            someone also posted a picture with measurements, where the nexus is 6.1 inches tall and the iPhone is 6.22 inches tall. 6.22 is just….bigger

          • JSo

            How can you say that “there is no smaller Nexus”? You don’t know that. There have already been rumors of a smaller Nexus as well. So who knows.

  • wills96

    Hopefully they’ll come in two sizes. Apple was smart to do so.

    • JonathonFlores

      You mean Like HTC & Samsung…& Sony . All had smaller versions before Apple.

      • Tyler Durden

        Except HTC and Samsung severely gimped their versions.

        • JonathonFlores

          iPhones are by definition gimp.

          • Tyler Durden

            Nah. On paper yes, but it murders other OEMs phones in performance.

          • JonathonFlores

            This year’s iPhone is an Android phone released years ago. ..so yes.

          • Doris

            You mean it has poor design, lag and spyware?

        • Brandon Miller

          As did Apple though… The 6 is missing some stuff that the 6+ has.

        • GimpExpert

          iPhone 5c was a gimp version too… Same hardware as iPhone 5, yet it came out a year later. Apple is no exception bud.

    • Tyler Durden

      Lol 2 Nexus’ makes no sense. Price differences wouldn’t make sense either.

      • James

        Makes a whole hell of a lot of sense to me, and just about everybody else.

        • Tyler Durden

          So $349 and $449 for the other? Not for a Nexus that is supposed to be $399 and below.

          • Brandon Jiang

            where did you get the information that the Nexus is “supposed” to be $399 and below? Google once sold Nexus devices at premium prices, who says they can’t do it again?

    • Robert Willis

      Sure it will. XXL and XXXL.

  • Paul

    It can be a Nexus. That’s okay. But I really hope there’s a 5.0-5.2″ version as well.

    • breadable

      or 4.7. That was a pretty good size for a phone.

      • Paul

        Agreed. I would also be happy with 4.7.

      • Chris

        exactly. Now that I have a tablet, I don’t want my phone to be massive. If you’re not going to have a tablet though, I could see the use for a 6in phablet.

  • AtanRaca

    Moto X is to the S5 as the Moto Shamu is to the Note 4?

  • JonathonFlores

    I don’t care.. I want it!

  • OGnEX

    If this is anywhere near the final design, then I think it’s safe to say that Google gave up on the Nexus line.

    • Adam Crawford

      How so?

      • Christopher Bement

        There’s no possible answer to your question from him. Hyperbole at best.

    • ClikFire _

      Or every news site is so egar for nexus news everyone is speculating just like they do with most rumors.

  • Tyler Durden

    And all of a sudden, Apple users are laughing at us.

    • ceejw

      Not really. That’s about how big a 6 Plus looks next to a G3

      • Tyler Durden

        No. Because we laughed at the size of the 6+ yet everybody is dying for this now.

        • funnyman

          Who laughed at the size of the 6+?

          • Tyler Durden

            Pretty much most Android users. Everyone is a bunch of hypocrites to fit into society so it’s okay.

          • John Johnson

            We weren’t laughing at the size. We were laughing at the hypocrisy of their derision of larger phones only months ago vs them being all googly-eye’d about it now.

            All about context, man.

          • Tyler Durden

            Most were laughing at the actual size, too. I really hope phones don’t get thinner. Shows how much it doesn’t help.

          • Adam Crawford

            Thinness didn’t have much to do with the phone bending. It just isn’t reenforced. It’s flat aluminum, very easy to bend.

          • Maranello Santiago

            That’s not hypocrisy. It’s bigger while having the same size or smaller screen.

          • Tyler Durden

            But not much bigger. Not a wild difference.

  • Mark2134

    No. It’s not.

  • Mando

    Please dont be a Nexus
    Please

    • Open1Your1Eyes0

      Certainly not a Droid

    • elijahblake

      Seriously!!! I hate the size of my LG G3, and I’m wanting the Nexus to be 5.2 max!

      • elgridsnake

        I’m in the same boat. Nexus 5 is just about my sweet spot. I was impressed with how much screen they fit into the G3 body, but that would definitely be my stopping point.

      • Sky

        whatchyoutalkinboutwillis!? .. the G3, despite being the same size of the note 2, is AMAZING to hold and i can easily use it one handed for most things, and i’m not a big dude with goliath hands either..i was surprised at how easy it is to hold..
        This is coming from a ex Moto X user, love that phone too.

        • SA_NYC

          Agreed, the G3 is practically dainty in the hand. Sometimes I don’t realize it’s in my pocket and think I’ve forgotten it. Now, if only the battery life were better…

          • p0k3y

            Helps to have the free 2nd battery coming soon… If only LG can get their act together and ship it already.

          • Tom Frederick

            You need to root and disable carrier iq
            Helps tremendously

        • I have small hands and a G2 and no problem. I use my phone mostly as a portable computer, less so as an actual phone. So larger makes sense for me.

      • ceruleanblue

        A Nexus won’t have a removable battery or expandable storage. I do wish LG had put a 5″ screen in a 4.7″ phone frame. Imagine that phone.

      • Christopher Bement

        5.2 is only 0.3 inches smaller…bout a quarter of an inch. I’m sure that change won’t make much difference.

        • T4rd

          Gotta draw the line somewhere.. for a lot of people, it’s around 5.2″ even if the bezel is nonexistent.

          • Christopher Bement

            Unfounded hyperbole at best.

        • kashtrey

          He did say MAX.

      • J2886M

        Trade you my G2 then 🙂

      • I actually want this to be a Nexus — see, I gave up on seeing another Nexus on Verizon. So, if this is a Nexus, and it is THAT large, I would just treat it as a mini-tablet. With Google Voice integrated with Hangouts, I would tether it to my Moto X and still be able to use it as a phone.

    • RiceCake

      I don’t believe it is. The nexus line is based off of a flagship….not an exact copy. The n5 is based of the g2 and looks hardly anything like it. Maybe this is the moto x + 1 large screen? Lol

      • XvierX

        I hope you’re right. Perhaps this is the S version and not a nexus. That would also explain why it’s rumored to be coming to Verizon.

    • Sean Elliott

      I was just thinking and I really feel like its not a Nexus. Every Nexus, except maybe the Galaxy, has its own design hardware wise. The N4 and N5 don’t really look like any other LG phones, and this is literally a copy and paste of the new Moto X, just much bigger. If it was going to be a Nexus shouldn’t it have its own design? Does that theory make any sense?

  • James Polk

    Still a “BUY” for me.